Docker Datacenter Lands on Microsoft's Cloud
The Docker container and cluster management and orchestration platform is now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.Docker Datacenter, the containers-as-a-service (CaaS) enabling management and orchestration software for the open-source Docker application container platform, is now available on Microsoft's cloud computing platform via Azure Marketplace. The announcement was made June 21, during the last day of DockerCon 16 conference in Seattle, a stone's throw from Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., headquarters. As Docker container use has grown, so has the event's profile among developers, IT professionals and industry watchers. Other DockerCon 16 highlights included the integration of container orchestration technology directly into Docker Engine 1.12 and new Internet of things (IoT) development tools for IBM's OpenWhisk serverless computing platform, which uses Docker. Containers are also taking over Microsoft's cloud, Mark Russinovich, CTO of Microsoft Azure, said in a June 21 blog post. During the first few months of 2016, there has been a 4X increase in customers using containers, he reported. A quarter of the company's enterprise cloud container users hail from Fortune 500 companies, including major retailers, financial services firms and manufacturers. Apart from Docker, open-source software is having a major impact on how Microsoft operates its cloud. Russinovich noted that within a year, the number of Linux virtual machines on Azure rose from a quarter to a third.
For Microsoft Azure customers, the addition of Docker Datacenter to the Azure Marketplace brings "container management and deployment services to enterprises with a production-ready platform supported by Docker and hosted locally behind the firewall," stated Russinovich. "Deployment from the Azure Marketplace using predefined ARM (Azure Resource Manager) templates simplifies and reduces the time to stand up Docker Datacenter and get productive."